Published on 01/03/2024
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Cyber Diversity Awards
  • The Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Research Centre will be sponsoring the 'Cyber Diversity Academic Champion Award'
  • The National Cyber Diversity Awards 2024 aim to raise awareness about equality, diversity and inclusivity in cyber security
  • The event will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at The Halls Wolverhampton.

Aston University’s Cyber Security Innovation (CSI) Research Centre is supporting this year’s National Cyber Diversity Awards, which aim to raise awareness of under-representation of ethnic minorities in the cyber security sector.

Only 25% of the cyber professionals in the UK are from ethnic minorities. The EMiC (Ethnic Minorities in Cyber) Network, which runs the Awards supported by the UK Government’s Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, is addressing this significant gap, contributing to national policymaking, providing feedback and insight to proposed policy interventions and strategies.

The CSI Centre will be sponsoring the 'Cyber Diversity Academic Champion Award' which recognises an individual who has made significant advancements in research, teaching and advocacy for diversity in cyber security education and academia.

The awards, which will take place on Tuesday 5 March 2024 at The Halls Wolverhampton, will bring together industry leaders, professionals, advocates and allies to honour those who are actively championing diversity and have made significant contributions to the cyber security field.

Dr Anitha Chinnaswamy, deputy director of the CSI Centre at Aston University and steering group member of the Ethnic Minorities in Cyber network, said:

“It is a pleasure to be sponsoring this category at the National Cyber Diversity Awards 2024.

“These awards will highlight the importance of diversity in the industry and will help to inspire others to create a more inclusive and representative cyber community.

“Aston University is leading the way in racial diversity, and inclusion is at the heart of our 2030 Strategy. The Centre’s work continues to be strongly aligned with the pillars of the National Cyber Strategy 2022 to enhance and expand the nation’s cyber skills at every level and contributing to a more diverse cyber workforce.

“By recognising and celebrating diverse talents, experiences and perspectives, we can foster innovation and excellence in cyber security, ensuring that our digital future is shaped by a rich tapestry of voices and backgrounds.”

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About Aston University

For over a century, Aston University’s enduring purpose has been to make our world a better place through education, research and innovation, by enabling our students to succeed in work and life, and by supporting our communities to thrive economically, socially and culturally.

Aston University’s history has been intertwined with the history of Birmingham, a remarkable city that once was the heartland of the Industrial Revolution and the manufacturing powerhouse of the world.

Born out of the First Industrial Revolution, Aston University has a proud and distinct heritage dating back to our formation as the School of Metallurgy in 1875, the first UK College of Technology in 1951, gaining university status by Royal Charter in 1966, and becoming The Guardian University of the Year in 2020.

Building on our outstanding past, we are now defining our place and role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution (and beyond) within a rapidly changing world.

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